Published on March 1, 2018

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Gabriel Wharton

Just weeks ago, thanks to your help, we were able to announce our latest preservation victory – the preservation of 158 acres of the Cedar Creek battlefield at the site where the battle began early on the cold, foggy morning of October 19, 1864. With that success, the Battlefields Foundation has now saved an amazing 873 acres at this battlefield. On top of that, the Civil War Trust has also donated an additional 65 acres to the Battlefields Foundation – so we protect a total of 938 acres at Cedar Creek.

Now we’re right back to saving more land at this battlefield, land that is immediately adjacent to hundreds of acres you have already helped preserve.

We have an opportunity to help our friends at the Civil War Trust preserve 13 additional acres of the Cedar Creek Battlefield – 13 acres right along the creek itself – the site of Gabriel Wharton’s morning attack and where, later in the day, Jubal Early’s Confederates tried so desperately to escape an unexpected disaster.

For years, this 13-acre property has been a preservation target for both organizations. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the Trust, there is finally a deal in place, and most of the money needed to save this key parcel has been raised. Most of the money; about $30,000 more is still needed to get this deal done. That’s where we come in; the Trust is looking to us – you and me – to make up the difference. I have told them we would come up with that last $30,000; that we will raise the final funds needed to save these 13 acres of hallowed ground.

What’s more, we’ve started this effort off with a huge bang. Of that $30,000, we’ve already raised $15,000! Two of our most loyal supporters have each committed $7,500 to the project if we can raise the money to match it. This is an amazing offer from two true heroes of battlefield preservation. Both men are dedicated preservationists who have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to save thousands of acres of battlefield across the country.

Now they’ve stepped forward once again. With their pledges, we only have $15,000 left to raise. Only $15,000 left to fulfill our commitment to the Civil War Trust and save this parcel forever. But we need your support to make that happen.

The Civil War Trust is our closest partner and most trusted ally in our fight to save the places that saved our country. We work together at every turn on a myriad of preservation issues and initiatives, and they have helped make possible the preservation of hundreds of acres right here in the Valley. Let’s keep the momentum going following our recent 158-acre success; let’s join together to help save 13 more acres at Cedar Creek.


  • Cedar Creek Bridge present
    Cedar Creek Bridge present
  • Cedar Creek Bridge covered
    Cedar Creek Bridge covered
  • Cedar Creek Bridge uncovered
    Cedar Creek Bridge uncovered

Historic Sketch pg. 1

Historic Sketch pg. 2

Cedar Creek Battle Map